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by Ronald W. Hull
Alone? is a historical, science fiction novel of sweeping proportions. What if the most intelligent people that ever lived were shaped by evolution in the Neolithic Age? What if the pharoahs of ancient Egypt could be brought back to life as clones? What if the only known extraterrestrials are humans leaving Earth? Alone? explores these questions as the Repaul family is thrust into 21st Century events of world changing proportions. Be prepared to rethink humankind's dominence of the Earth and our very existence in the larger scheme of the Universe.
Chapter 1: Nila's Story Ötzi Valley: 3372 BC
Nila finds herself alone, an orphan at a very young age. Not much older, she is kidnapped. Her life is shaped by her kidnappers. As the wife of Tsun, she prevails. Still, she dies young, alone.
Chapter 2: Seti II, Pharaoh of Egypt The Palace at Avaris: 1200 B.C.
Seti is Pharaoh, but he is alone. He allies with his young wife, Taousret, and almost changes the course of history. But for all his efforts to be immortal, in the end, he dies, alone.Chapter 3: New Wilderness The Iron Range, Upper Michigan: 2006 A.D.
Albert is retired. He has realized his dream of returning his little corner of the world to the wild and some recognition as a DNA researcher. But, he feels alone, unfulfilled.
Chapter 4: A New Start The Iron Range, Upper Michigan: 2008
Albert attends a required conference and finds more than a new way to open the rangelands. Wolves are his passion. But he forgot an old one until it is suddenly rekindled.
Chapter 5: Filling the Empty Nest The New Wilderness, Upper Michigan: Spring 2016
Dr. Khundi comes up with an offer that Anne and Albert can't resist. Cloning takes on a new character when entrusted to them.
Chapter 6: The Immortal The New Wilderness, Upper Michigan: Winter 2016
The success with cloning Dominic leads Albert to dream of other things. Perfecting the clone of the Pharaoh Seti II leads to a great discovery.
Chapter 7: The Grave Robber Johns Hopkins Biotech Site, Maryland Mountains: April 2017
President James declares war on the malaise affecting humankind and the Earth. Albert embarks on a journey back through time to retrieve an emotional piece of him that has been lost.
Chapter 8: Hope from on High Central Valles Marineris, Mars: July 4, 2017, 9:07 EDT
Scott Murphy, commander of the thirty-five member crew of Hope, lands on Mars a year ahead of schedule. His triumph is marred by tragedy.
Chapter 9: Extended Family The New Wilderness: Late November 2017
Albert, with resources and an understanding wife, finds himself the head of a revolutionary new form of family for the twenty-first century.
Chapter 10: Growing Up Wild The New Wilderness: 2018
Growing up immortal is not without its pitfalls. New rules for life become the rule.
Chapter 11: Branching Out The New Wilderness: Early Summer 2031
Seti gets a new start on life. Dom goes to college and the others follow—in different directions.
Chapter 12: Birth of The Collective Esalen Institute, CA: 2042
The clones complete their educations and become famous in the process. Seti, sensing that his destiny is greater and linked to the stars, creates The Collective.
Chapter 13: Death of an Immortal Esalen Waters, CA: September 13, 2044
Seti embarks on a mission to save the Earth. He establishes the Interplanetary Fund and launches the SETI II Project. En route to deploy the Sagan Array, he meets his maker.
Chapter 14: An Icy Death On Red Storm, The Asteroid Belt: 2047 A. D.
Dom's ship reaches Ganymede and begins to explore. That far from the sun, it is cold. Without heat, one faces an icy death.
Chapter 15: The Iceman Returns Biotech Center: February 23, 2054
Cloning is not the only way to bring the Iceman back. However, cloning does bring back more than imagined.
Chapter 16: Death of a Scientist The Montana Ranch: July 6, 2064
Leading a good life and taking advantage of twenty-first century medicine cannot defeat the human lifespan. In time, even heroes die.
Chapter 17: Disaster, Life on the Edge Charmed One at Saturn's Rings: January 6, 2067
The Earth is geologically young. Its periodic upheavals have no respect for the parasitic life clinging to its surface. Life can vanish in a geologic instant.
Chapter 18: New Earth Colony In Earth’s Orbit of the Sun: January 1, 2101
Dom's dream of a sustainable space colony comes true. Earth's survivors see it as a way to grow without hurting their home's fragile ecosystem.
Chapter 19: Reunion Galactic Explorer Near Earth: 2159
With growth and technology, wondrous things are possible. There is more than one way to achieve immortality.
Chapter 20: A Promising Planet The Galactic Explorer in the Milky Way: 2273 A.D.
There is a promising planet. Until a better one is found, the Galactic Explorer will set a course for this one. If there is life, it may need relief.
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